Welcome to the Martin Dreyer 'Change a life Academy'
What an achievement! Martin Dreyer’s Change a Life Team certainly
exceeded his wildest
In his words “Going into this Dusi,
because I wasn’t paddling, I never thought
on ‘cloud nine’. I
was wrong, I’m still floating - ecstatic with the boy’s
extremely proud of their
achievements. Two Dusi golds and seven in
twenty - someone please pinch me!”
Martin’s best case scenario was to have 10 canoeists finish in the Top 50. What this talented
and committed group of youngsters achieved
was 11 in the Top 43.
Eric Zondi and
ended the race in 9th and 10th positions
respectively and both took gold.
18 year old Kwanda Mhlophe
U18 winner in 18th position and Mmeli Cele,
although he didn’t feature
in the top group and
finished in 105th position, was the winner
Under 16 race. In the under 21 category, the team
took 2nd, 3rd, 4th,
5th, 8th 9th and 10th places.
Michael Mbanjwa hit problems on day 2 and, although he made up six
minutes on first place leader
during the notorious Burma Road portage
on Day 3, finished in second place. Still, a very impressive race.
Stan Lorge, Ursula du Plooy, Mnandi Bestbier and Pieter Strydom, who
backed the team from the
banks of the river, witnessed Change a Life in
action. As Ursula put it “Martin is reaching out through
sport to young
people who really are at grassroots level, giving meaning and bringing
a sense of achievement to their lives. This was such an emotional
to meet these shy youngsters and to share their adventure
on the Dusi River.”
Computershare, through the Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust, will
support the Martin Dreyer Academy and make a difference in the quest to change lives.